Girard overcomes PV’s size in victory
GIRARD – Girard is devoid of a true post player. Dylan O’Hara is the team’s tallest player at 6 feet, 2 inches, but he plays more on the perimeter.
Pymatuning Valley’s Tim Baker, a 6-5 post who looks more like a stout lineman, seemed to be a tall task for the Indians on Tuesday at Girard High School.
Yet, the Indians limited Baker to five rebounds and two points during a 68-55 victory.
“They did a good job of fronting him. When you’re oversized, you have to wait for weak-side help,” PV coach Ryan Shontz said.
Girard (14-3) had its fair share of help on Baker, but there was a 5-9 slashing guard who made the most of his athletic ability. Senior Jimmy Standohar, a self-proclaimed shot blocker, had a pair during the Indians’ senior night.
“It’s kind of an ongoing joke,” said Standohar, who had 15 points. “I’m kind of undersized. I just use my timing, my athletic ability. I just go up and the rest just happens. It’s kind of like an art for me. I don’t even know. I don’t practice it or anything.”
Practice made perfect for O’Hara, who had a game-high 21 points – including three 3-pointers.
“I practice that a lot. I got 10,000 shots up last summer. That’s what I go to first,” O’Hara said.
“Keep saying hard-working kids reap the benefits. He’s making the shots,” Girard coach Craig Hannon said.
Girard was 26 of 55 from the floor and went on an 11-0 run in the first quarter to get some distance between itself and PV (10-8). Nick Blascak’s putback midway through the second quarter cut the Girard advantage to 25-21, but the Lakers could get no closer.
PV shot 20 of 46 from the floor.
“A lot of ours couldn’t find the bottom of the net,” Shontz said.
PV’s Quintin Ratliff did find the net a handful of times for a team-high 17 points. Chase Thurber added 12, while Travis Kiser had 10.
“He’s a fantastic athlete. He makes us go for sure,” Shontz said of Ratliff.
Standohar and O’Hara made Girard go on Tuesday, but don’t forget to add Evan Standohar, Jimmy’s cousin, to that trio. Evan had 16 points.
“I love playing with those two,” Jimmy said of Evan and O’Hara. “I’ve played with Evan my whole life. We kind of make eye contact. We know what one another is thinking. I started playing with Dylan two years ago. I love playing with him. Passing the ball to him, it’s most likely an assist.”
Tyler Kilbourne (6-1) and Vince Maderitz (6-0) teamed up to take care of Baker in the post.
“That’s one of the things we wanted to exploit, Tim’s size. It didn’t work out,” Shontz said.
Things worked out for Jimmy Standohar, who is how tall again?
“(He’s) 5-9, if he’s standing on his basketball shoes, I guess,” Hannon said. “He’s got good timing. He knows when to go. Little guys aren’t supposed to block shots.”
That doesn’t matter to Jimmy Standohar.
“I think I jump pretty well for myself,” he said. “I just do whatever I can to defend.”